The original aim of this project was to engage, inspire and educate disadvantaged children and young people from London about the landscape and natural environments of the Darent Valley. Whilst that aim still remains true, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we expanded the audience reach for this project to include those groups most in need of recovery through nature.

The Nature Recovery Programme, led by our partners the Quadrangle Trust, has already seen a multitude of groups from inner London visit the forest garden at the Quadrangle in the heart of the Darent Valley to take part in workshops, focussing on nature as a means of recovery. A pilot of this project began in summer 2020 offering retreats to young people from inner London, families who had no access to the outdoors during national lockdowns and frontline healthcare professionals. Such was the success of the pilot project and the continuing need for respite through connecting with nature, the Nature Recovery Programme is moving into its third successive year.

There’s so much to discover in the Darent Valley – from rare chalk grassland to ancient trees and the wildlife that calls these places home. We want people of all backgrounds to find belonging in nature and to connect with the beautiful and inspiring landscape of the Darent Valley and use it as a means to recover, refresh and press pause.

 

If you would like more information on our Adventure Learning for All project, please contact darent.valley@kentdowns.org.uk 

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